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California's native fish face extinction - Futurity

UC DAVIS (US) — Salmon and other native freshwater fish in California will likely go …

New Candidate for World's First Bird

Discovery of the feathered Aurornis stokes the debate over the first avian.<p><b>For over a century and a half, the prehistoric Archaeopteryx has been celebrated as nature's earliest bird.</b><p>The iconic Jurassic creature was covered in feathers yet retained the teeth, claws, and bony tail from its …

Low sodium 'diet' key to stars' long life - Futurity

MONASH U. (AUS) — Stars with a high sodium content die before reaching their final, …

Are you prepared for a hurricane?

If a hurricane were approaching, would you and your family be ready? This post can help you prepare.<p>June 1 is the start of the Atlantic hurricane …

Weather

Animation: The Evolution of the Turtle Shell

This animation shows the evolution of the turtle shell based on developmental and fossil data. The animation shows fossils and drawings of turtle …

World’s First Bird May Have Roamed Jurassic Period

<b>World’s first bird?</b> Researchers say they have discovered a new fossil that might be the world’s first bird.<p>The Aurornis xui specimen was discovered …

Paleontology

A Volkswagen Rolled Into A Ball And Other Amazing Images From This Week

The Amazing Potential Of Wave Energy, In Numbers

Some major wave energy installations are planned for the U.K. and the U.S.<p>Plans for the world's biggest wave farm got the go-ahead from the Scottish government, the BBC reported last week. Exactly how big is the farm? It will create more than twice as much energy as nearby homes will be able to use.<p>…

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Curiosity finds ancient streambed on Mars - Futurity

UC DAVIS (US) — Rounded pebbles on the surface of Mars indicate that a stream …

Bright Pink Slugs Reside on Australia's Mount Kaputar

<i>Triboniophorus aff. graeffei</i> is a bright large pink slug that resides only on Mount Kaputar in New South Wales, Australia. The mountain top is the …

Illegal genetically modified wheat appeared in Oregon, and no one's sure how it got there

A mystery is unfolding in the laboratories and grain fields of Oregon. Stalks of wheat that hadn't been planted and wouldn't die were found growing among a farmer's crops. Tests have revealed that the peculiar wheat included an illegal gene modification that made it resistant to a certain herbicide …

'Rings of fire' blaze in outer space

A galactic ring of fire "burns, burns, burns" with starbirth in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The brilliant ring circling the core of the galaxy, known as Messier 94 or NGC 4736, signals a frenetic round of star formation inside the ring.<p>Here's what Spitzer's astronomers think is …

Ape-like feet 'found in study of museum visitors'

Bonobos have bendy feet to help them grip branches<p><b>Scientists have discovered that about one in thirteen people have flexible ape-like feet.</b><p>A team studied the feet of 398 visitors to the Boston Museum of Science.<p>The results show differences in foot bone structure similar to those seen in fossils of …

Born in June? Here’s your birthstone

Happy birthday June babies! Your month has 3 birthstones – pearl, moonstone, and Alexandrite.<p><b>Pearl</b><p>Unlike most gemstones that are found within the …

Autumn on Titan, a hurricane on Saturn and fire on the international space station – in pictures | A month in space

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2013/may/31/titan-saturn-international-space-station-pictures<p>720<p>This month's roundup of the best …

Noctilucent cloud season is here!

Adrian Strand caught these noctilucent or “night-shining” clouds over Whitehaven, England on May 30, 2013.<p>Our friend Adrian Strand was able to …

Cicadas can survive a superstorm — but not changes wrought by humans

The march of the cicadas is hitting prime time on the East Coast, and that means researchers are getting their best opportunities to study how the burrowing insects have weathered the past 17 years. They're finding some amazing comebacks, and some puzzling absences as well.<p>Over the past few weeks, …

Betty Crocker 20 Best Brownie Recipes

• <b>Author:</b> Betty Crocker<p><b>Explore the World of Brownies</b> <b>Photo of Every Recipe</b><br>Brownies are comfort food at their best – and these 20 delightful recipes open up new brownie ideas everyone will love. Try S’Mores Brownies or Dulce-Frosted Chipotle brownies to add pizazz to your everyday treat. Want to dazzle …

Just Back From: The Indy 500

While I’d hardly consider myself a sports fanatic, my first Indy 500 experience is one I won’t easily forget. As Indy’s most important event, the …

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Queens Of The Stone Age: Josh Homme comes back from the brink

To be in a room with Josh Homme is to feel like a dog talking to a horse. A really intense horse. He's that much bigger, that much wilder, and with, …

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APOD: The Milky Trail (2013 Jun 01) Image Credit & Copyright: Wally Pacholka (AstroPics.com, TWAN) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130601.html Explanation: Have you ever hiked the Queen's Garden trail in Bryce Canyon, Utah, USA, planet Earth? Walking along that path in this dark night skyscape, you can almost imagine your journey continues along the pale, luminous Milky Way. Of course, the name for our galaxy, the Milky Way (in Latin, Via Lactea), does refer to its appearance as a milky band or path in the sky. In fact, the word galaxy itself derives from the Greek for milk. Visible on moonless nights from dark sky areas, though not so bright or quite so colorful as in this image, the glowing celestial band is due to the collective light of myriad stars along the plane of our galaxy, too faint to be distinguished individually. The diffuse starlight is cut by dark swaths of obscuring galactic dust clouds. Four hundred years ago, Galileo turned his telescope on the Milky Way and announced it to be "... a congeries of innumerable stars ..." http://twanight.org/pacholka http://astropics.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130601 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0601